If you want a series of great Bali experiences all wrapped up in a very inexpensive day package avoid the rip off trips that your hotel will make for you and contact Bali Budaya (Bali Eco) Tours direct. They are great to deal with and take care of everything. We were picked up from our Nusa Dua Hotel, collected a few more happy travellers along the way and then headed off to the Lakeview Restaurant overlooking Lake Batur for a great breakfast. Then it was on to a coffee plantation to learn about local coffees, herbs and spices and to enjoy a huge range of coffees including Kopi Luwak (the Civet cat poo coffee) which really was very smooth and delicious. Then on to collect our mountain bikes for the downhill run through quaint villages, rice paddies and stunning scenery to the tour company's own restaurant for a wonderful Balinese banquet.
Joe, the English speaking guide was extremely knowledgeable and funny as a fit - he could easily give up tour guiding and go on the stand up comedy circuit.
There were just so many fantastic sights along the way including a visit to a family compound to get an insight into just how rural Balinese families live and a completely unexpected temple re-blessing ceremony that had the entire village population dressed up and involved, closing the village main street for nearly an hour.
The experience was fantastic and the cycling very manageable - so don't hesitate, just do it!
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